Sat.Mar 10, 2012 - Fri.Mar 16, 2012

The Startup Curve

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve : Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern.

Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

When I started my first tech company in 1999 I had pretty good tech chops and had led teams but had very little exposure to many other things that matter in a startup including sales, marketing & business development. Like most first-timers, I learned the hard way.

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Games Where The Only Winning Move Is Not To Play

Feld Thoughts

By now the blogosphere, twitterverse, and even mainstream media is abuzz with the absurd decision that Yahoo has made to sue Facebook over ten software patents with the assertion that Facebook’s entire business is based on Yahoo’s patented inventions.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations – part 2 of 2

Steve Blank

Today, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Here are the final four (the first five are here.). Team ParkPoint Capital. This team spoke face-to-face with 326 customers.

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The myth of the overnight success

Chris Dixon

Angry Birds was Rovio’s 52nd game. They spent eight years and almost went bankrupt before finally creating their massive hit. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing websites in history, but struggled for a long time. Pinterest’s CEO recently said that they had “catastrophically small numbers” in their first year after launch, and that if he had listened to popular startup advice he probably would have quit.

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Lean Startup and Big Vision Are Not Diametrically Opposed

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Recently, I presented Lean Canvas and an extended Problem-Solution Canvas (that we created at Year One Labs) to FounderFuel’s second startup cohort. It was a lot of fun, and hopefully useful for the teams. (If If you’re curious, FounderFuel is a Montreal-based accelerator program that runs twice per year.). I’m always concerned when presenting anything related to Lean Startup that I sound like a religious zealot. Hopefully that’s not the case.

Website Ads are Not a Revenue Stream for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest red flags I see in many Internet-related business plans today is advertising as the initial revenue stream, or a key part of it.

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Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies

Ask The VC

On the heels of Yahoo suing Facebook for patent infringement followed by Tim Armstrong at AOL saying “hey Wall Street – look at me – I’ve got great patents also “, Andrew Parker (Spark) wrote a post that brought me out of my “intellectual property depression” titled Open Source and For-Profit Companies.

5 Branding must-haves for startups

Up and Running

This is a guest post from Amina AlTai , Marketing Director at Imagemme, a New York-based packaging design and branding agency. Building a memorable brand is more important than ever.

A Big Data Imperative: Driving Big Action

Occam's Razor

Is there anything in the analytics space that is so full of promise and hype and sexiness and possible awesomeness than "big data?" " I don't think so. So what is big data really? No one quite knows.

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

David Teten

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital ‘s approach to building a fitness office. Thanks Tim!)

Suster: Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why

Ask The VC

There were very few VC posts today – I’m guessing most VC bloggers are either sleeping late, at SXSW (and possibly sleeping late due to their hangovers), or not blogging today (yeah – I know the third one is – well – a tautology). Mark Suster (GRP) has a great post up titled Never Negotiate Piecemeal. Here’s Why. It’s great advice and perspective on the art of negotiating. VC Post of the Day grp negotiating suster vc post of the day


The Big Picture Trumps Technology Every Time

Startup Professionals Musings

The most successful entrepreneurs and executives I have seen are savvy business people first, and experts in their field second. This may seem counter-intuitive to technologists, especially in an era when technology seems to be driving the world. Yet the sad truth is that a technology not focused on a real problem is not a business, and will probably fail in the marketplace. Examples that come to mind include satellite phones, the Segway PT vehicle, hydrogen fueled auto engines, and many more.

Dear German VC's: Being Plan B Sucks

Babbling VC

I've always defended Germany and venture capital here. Yet, it's always been a bit behind and slow to adapt and I think it may be completely missing the boat (again). Further, the damage may be irreparable if the VC's don't adapt quickly. While the US goes in one direction, Germany seems to be going in another. This all became evident to me from the amount of noise (positive) you hear about two very specific funding options in the US: AngelList and Kickstarter.

Don’t Be Gunshy Because You Dealt With Bucketheads The Last Time Around

Feld Thoughts

For all of you out there who are wondering, Amy is doing fine. We’re in Boulder, she’s happy, in some pain, but enjoying the delightful impact of Percocet, and making her way through MI-5 Season 8. Thanks for all of the support, emails, and kind words.

Key to Sustaining Rapid Growth

Startup Marketing Blog

After helping to bring several startups to market including Dropbox, LogMeIn and Lookout, I found that the key to sustaining rapid growth is understanding your “must have” experience and then aligning the entire business around that experience. This includes aligning the product roadmap, funnel optimization, and messaging. Process for Uncovering Your Must Have Experience.

Are You an Entrepreneur Who Can Make a Business Fly?

Startup Professionals Musings

After the idea, it’s all about execution. In fact, it’s not clear that even the idea is all that important. Most investors tell me that an A entrepreneur with a B idea is much more fundable than a B entrepreneur with an A idea.

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done

Duct Tape Marketing

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. There is always more that you want to do than you can humanly or otherwise actually do. That’s just the nature of owning a business and the minute you let up it comes right back at you.

How do you keep your footing when your life explodes?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Me, Guy Kawasaki and Sohaib Athar , SXSW 2012. When I was writing my book in 2008, I was looking for some examples of real people who had interesting business models.

Don’t Think Big. There, I Said It.

Market by Numbers

Those who run in #LeanStartup circles know too well the problems encountered with language. Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others are criticized for choosing terms and phrases — lean, customer development, MVP, fail fast, etc. — which unintentionally lure would be startup entrepreneurs into thinking about things Wrong and then doing them Wrong.

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Signal to Noise - How to Cut Through the Clutter

Seeing Both Sides

There's a principal in signal processing regarding measuring the quality of information coming through a channel called the signal to noise ratio. It is a measure of how much valuable information (signal) is included in a stream of data relative to the amount of useless information (noise).

Why Social Search Is Rotting Our Brain

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Social Search Is Rotting Our Brain This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. One of the things that I both loved and hated about the early days of search was that you would inadvertently stumble on to things you didn’t intend to find.

50 Miles Is Too Many

Feld Thoughts

Some time last year Katherine McIntyre, my partner Ryan’s wife, asked me if I wanted to do a 50 mile race with her. I think she was expecting me to say no, in which case she could have decided it was a silly idea. But my reaction, without thinking about it, was “sure – that sounds cool.” ” So we both signed up for the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run on April 7th in Sacramento.

Wilson: The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) must not be at SXSW because he’s got a great post up titled The Board Of Directors – Selecting, Electing & Evolving. While having a great post up and being at SXSW don’t have to be mutually exclusive, all of the other VC Posts that I saw this morning said something like “here’s where I’m going to be at SXSW – come find me.” ” Or they are tweeting “I’m still awake and I’m at an epic party.”


Be Captain Of Your Destiny - Not Prisoner Of Wishful Thinking


The following is a guest post by Mike Troiano. Mike is a former New York ad man turned venture-funded entrepreneur, now a Principal at Boston-based Holland-Mark. You can follow him on Twitter at @miketrap , and connect with him elsewhere through About Me. It's hard to will a business into being.

Design Staff ? How to build an opinionated product: design the.

Design Staff

Many years ago, I worked on Microsoft Encarta. For those too young to remember, Encarta was sort of like Wikipedia, only instead of on the Internet it was printed on shiny plastic plates called CD-ROMs. Each year, when the

The 5 Most Powerful Words in Sales

Inc Startups

Your words help you build relationships with customers--so choose them carefully. Awesome photos, catchy videos, and fancy graphics are helpful, but the most important thing where sales are concerned are the words you use. Words build relationships. People buy from people.

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Twitter Link Roundup #123 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!

The Cycle of Getting the Important Stuff Done

Duct Tape Marketing

The Cycle of Getting the Important Stuff Done This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. In yesterday’s post I listed what I called The Hierarchy of Getting the Important Stuff Done. Truthfully, I wasn’t prepared for the immediate and passionate response from my readers.

Searching for the Kinect Killer App

Genuine VC

We at NextView have been thinking about and looking for investments in seed-stage startups which leverage the megatrend of transitioning computing away from a standard fixed-web PC world. Of course that includes “mobile-first” applications and companies which ride the adoption of tablet devices (more on those in upcoming posts). But this exploration also includes alternative user-interfaces and inputs, like gesture controls.

5 Employee Morale Killers

Inc Startups

Guaranteed methods to boost attrition and sap employees' motivation. I discovered my first lesson in how not to motivate people at the bottom of a kitchen sink. In 1986, when I was 16 years old, my friend and I worked as dishwashers at the local Friendly's restaurant in the King of Prussia Mall.

Positivity at Work by Chris Edmonds and Lisa Zigarmi

Life Beyond Code

My friends Chris Edmonds and Lisa Zigarmi have written a wonderful book called Positivity at Work Tweet. Full Disclosure: Apart from Chris and Lisa being friends, the book is also published by our publishing company ThinkAha ]. First, quick bios of the authors: S.

Does Formal Education Matter When Opening A Business? by Yaro Starak

Entrepreneurship is taught in nearly every business program at university, but does your education or your college major really factor into success when going out on your own as an entrepreneur? If so, what types of education are beneficial to entrepreneurial success and what types are worth a second look?

There’s a Difference Between Perseverance and Willing Something into Reality

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). I’ve tried willing my startups into success. Turns out, it doesn’t work. You can’t will things into reality (as far as I know at least.)

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